Coast Guard asks for help with distress call

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine- The Coast Guard is looking to the community today for help in an on-going search and rescue case off the coast of Rockland, Maine.

Around 4:40 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Northern New England heard Mayday call over the radio, but has been unable to determine where the possible vessel in distress may be located.

Two boaters reported to the Coast Guard that they also heard the Mayday call, which has helped narrow the search area.

A 25-foot boat crew from Station Rockland is searching a 15 square-mile area near Rockland Harbor, but current weather conditions have reduced visibility to less than 50 yards.

The Coast Guard plans to launch an aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod when visibility improves.

“As with any distress call, our crews must launch to respond and search for the source of distress,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Joe Tallent, the command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “We are always appreciative of mariners that overhear these calls and report their location. This helps us to create a reasonable search area which would not be possible without their assistance.”

Anyone with information that could help with the search should contact Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at (207) 767-0303.

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